Library & Digital Lab

The MacKenzie Art Gallery is pleased to launch our brand new Library & Digital Lab—located inside our library. The Digital Lab will be the home for a multi-year, collaborative digital arts training initiative led by artists Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll, the Gallery’s new Digital Coordinators. 

Funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund and supported through partnerships with the Initiative for Indigenous Futures as well as local and regional school boards and teachers. 

The Library and Digital Lab (located on the main floor of the MacKenzie Art Gallery) will be available for the public to access every Thursday (except holidays) from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Visitors will have the chance to tinker, play, share and explore the Gallery’s VR and game development tools.

About Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll

Cat Bluemke uses game design, performance, and expanded reality to explore the dynamic relationship of work and play. Graduating in 2018 with her MFA in Design for

Emerging Technologies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she presents the struggle of labour through interactive media, with a focus on precarious, feminized, and domestic work.

Jonathan Carroll is an XR artist and developer who makes games and software. His practice evolved from creating applications to facilitate interaction between performance artists and audiences, to building irreverent interactive experiences for mobile devices and VR headsets.

The two have been collaborators since 2013, with their work being exhibited internationally at venues such as the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Kunsternus Hus, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

In 2018 they co-founded SpekWork, an art collective making games about labour.  The collective hacks the technologies of virtual and augmented reality, game design, and artificial intelligence to ask pressing questions about the future of labour and leisure in a networked austerity society.

Art Class

If you have a strong desire to develop your creativity in Regina’s most engaging, intensive, advanced, immersive art environment through the concepts of video game design and other creative play, you’ll love this class.

Choose from the following dates

27 February – 21 May 2020 (12 sessions)
Thursdays from 3:45 – 5:15 PM

29 February – 16 May 2020 (12 sessions)
Saturdays from 12:30 – 2:00 PM

Cost

$300
(Price subject to change without notice)

For More Information please contact Ken Duczek, Coordinator of Learning Initiatives, or call 306-584-4250 ext 4290.

Current Offerings

Current grade 7/8 students of any background or skill level who are self-motivated with a genuine desire to learn about art are welcome to apply! Space is limited to 10 students per class, register at the link to reserve your spot.

Through this class, we will investigate artistic concepts and creative problem solving through character design, video game modeling, introduction to coding, storytelling for virtual environments, and traditional art practice. With over 5000 works of art in our permanent collection, we’ll be applying visual art techniques and styles to all sessions. They will be led by our art instructors and new digital media experts and include Indigenous storytellers and artists from all genres.

In this introductory course, you will learn:

  • how to develop a story or theme for a game concept
  • essential techniques when creating an avatar
  • some fundamentals steps of coding and creating machinima
Reserve Your Spot Today

Educator Workshops

We offer workshops with guest curators, educators and artists for teachers to explore contemporary concepts and ideas in an environment that supports their professional practice.

Current Offerings

We currently do not have any workshops available.